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Tunxis Community College

World Literature II


Course Title: ENG*242 World Literature II
No: 1355
Semester: Spring 2019
S/C hours: 3/3
Instructor: Ersinghaus
Day and Time: Tuesday and Thursday, 5:00-6:20 PM
E-mail: see Contact Information

Surveys world literature from 1650 to the present. The course emphasizes the connections between culture, history, and literary works as the world becomes increasingly interconnected and interdependent. Prerequisite: C- or better in Composition (ENG*101). (Elective Type: E/G/HU/LA) (Abilities Assessed: 2, 11)

Required Texts
The Norton Anthology of World Literature, Volumes D, E, and F.

Attendance and Session Conduct
Attendance will usually be taken every session. As the exams and shorter papers will be drawn from lecture and class discussion, attendance is expected.  It is very difficult for a student to complete assessed materials without attending most class sessions.  I really don’t mind cell phones or any other perceived annoyance.  Just be respectful.

The course will begin at 5:00 PM. Late attendance and not attending are considered disruptive and should be avoided. Likewise, leaving the class during lecture should be done without noise or visual distraction. Typically, I’ll ask that all personal communication stop while role is taken and class proceeds.

Work must be submitted in class on the due date at the beginning of the class session.  No material will be accepted electronically unless I specifically ask for it.

3 Exams: These are comprehensive exams that may completed on a students own time. They’re typically in two parts: short answer and essay questions.   All exams are assessed against Tunxis’s Literary Studies and General Education Abilities.

4  essay responses on select readings: These are short one to two page written responses to a prompt graded using the Literary Studies ability standards.

Grade Assignments
A=95-100 C+=77-79 D-=60-63
A-=90-94 C=74-76
B+=87-89 C-=70-73
B = 84-86 D+=67-69
B- =80-83 D= 64-66

Ability-Based Equivalents and Their Values
1- Unsatisfactory = D and F
2- Satisfactory C- through B+
3- Distinguished A ad A-

Abilities-Based Learning in the English Discipline: Literature Area

At Tunxis Community College students are assessed on the knowledge and skills they have learned.  The faculty identified the General Education Abilities critical to students’ success in their professional and personal lives.  In every class, students are assessed on course abilities, sometimes program abilities, and, in most classes, at least one General Education Ability.  Students will receive an evaluation of the degree to which they have demonstrated or not demonstrated that General Education Ability.

In this course you will be evaluated against specific abilities judged as important for the study of literature. There are many kinds of abilities (you may hear them referred to as outcomes): discipline-based abilities, general education abilities, and program-specific abilities. Discipline based abilities are specific to an academic discipline, such as English or Mathematics. General Education abilities are those abilities that all students at Tunxis are expected to meet (this is why they’re called General) and are generalized across the curriculum. General Education abilities, such as Communication, Information Literacy, and Critical Thinking, are just as important to a Programming Logic course as they are to Accounting.

The final set of abilities are Program specific. These abilities apply to specific programs, such as Graphic Design and Criminal Justice, these two programs requiring different skills, tools, and methods of thought and work.

In World Literature, you will be introduced to and expected to practice discipline-based and General Education abilities. What follows is a list of the specific standards.

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to do the following:


1. Literary Genre – assesses student ability to identify, define, and describe the attributes and significance of the primary genres and their sub-genres.

1.1 Level 1: Identifies major literary genres

2. Literary History

2.1 Level 1: Identifies significant characteristics of prominent authors and literary periods of world literature after 1650 and to the contemporary

2.3 Level 2: Relates individual works to literary history

3. Literary Aesthetics

3.1 Level 1: Identifies and defines aesthetic elements and their descriptive terminology

4. Critical Theory

4.1 Level 1: Is aware of a critical approach in any reading

5. Literary Analysis (the ability refers to the act of synthesizing the acts of analysis in the preceding abilities and communicating that analysis – primarily via the essay but can also be through oral presentations, performances, or other media.)

5.1 Level 1: Critically reflects on their reading of world literature to 1650

5.2 Level 1: Evaluates the significance of specific literary passages to the text using appropriate terminology

5.5 Level 2: Communicates a critical analysis of world literature’s varied aesthetic characteristics and literary, cultural, and historical contexts

GENERAL EDUCATION: (Numbering reflects General Education Outcomes as they appear in the college catalog)

2. Critical Analysis/ Logical Thinking – Students will be able to organize, interpret, and evaluate evidence and ideas within and across disciplines; draw reasoned inferences and defensible conclusions; and solve problems and make decisions based on analytical processes.

Demonstrates: Identifies the issue(s); formulates an argument; explains and analyzes relationships clearly; draws reasonable inferences and conclusions that are logical and defensible; provides support by evaluating credible sources of evidence necessary to justify conclusions.

Does Not Demonstrate: Identifies few or no issues; formulates an argument without significant focus; provides an unclear explanation of analysis and relationships; drawing few reasonable inferences and conclusions that are illogical and indefensible; provides little to no support using credible sources of evidence necessary to justify conclusions.

11. Written Communication (embedded) – Students will be prepared to develop written texts of varying lengths and styles that communicate effectively and appropriately across a variety of settings.

Demonstrates: Writes articulate texts using appropriate evidence and appeals as determined by the rhetorical situation.

Does Not Demonstrate: Writes texts lacking appropriate evidence and appeals as determined by the rhetorical situation.

Student Code of Conduct
Students should read the information in the College Catalogue on rules and ethics in Policy on Student Conduct, beginning page 222.